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Modern Peasant

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Hello again! Two outfits posts so far this week. I feel like I’m on a roll.  I attended an event at the Honolulu Convention Center and I  wanted to look put together but still be cool and effortless.

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The first time I saw this skirt from the JW Anderson x Uniqlo, I was in love with the asymmetric hemline. It’s indicative of his modern take on menswear mets women’s wear. I honestly am in love with the skirts from this collection.  This skirt reminds me of a modern take on a peasant skirt; the patchwork details in the front and back  and the A-line structured cut. I love that its light and airy and breathes in the warm weather we have been having. I decided to pair it with a cami for an simple and clean look.  I decided to wear neutral shoes so the skirt can be the focal point of the whole outfit.

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XOXO,

Michelle

.:Outfit:.
SHIRT uniqlo
SKIRT  jw anderson x uniqlo
SANDALS jimmy choos
RINGs pearl & silver rings made by me

Summer Solstice and Denim Ease

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Outfit posts have been far and few between. With Spring ending and the Summer Solstice a few days ago.  I felt inspired to share one of my go-to outfits for warmer months. Linens shirts and denim skirts have an ease to them that’s perfect for warm summer days.  Their natural fibers allow you to stay cool under the Summer sun and staying cool is a must in Hawaii.

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Lately, I have really been loving this pairing.  I own a few denim skirts and I like the structure and the pleated waste design of this one. It’s a break from the classic denim cut popularized 70’s and 80’s.

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Thanks again for reading.

XOXO,

Michelle

.:Outfit:.
SHIRT uniqlo
SKIRT  joe fresh (old)
SANDALS dr. scholls
EARRINGS forever 21

Photo Credit: Adam Levine Photo

Shoe Review: Rothy’s Round Toe Flats

Hi Everyone,

I have not done a review in a long time. I wanted to do one on a shoe that I heard about last year through different social media avenues. I’ve seen it on Instagram and  Youtube and after much deliberation, I decided to purchase a pair. I have heard so many good things about these shoes that I was curious about them.  I also liked that fact that it takes old plastic bottles and up-cycles them into cute flats what’s not to love about saving the environment with cute shoes.

While shopping for my first pair, I perused the website. They had two styles and really cute fabric patterns. I like the selection of prints most of which are classics like leopard, geometric shapes and camouflage. Unfortunately, not all patterns are not available for extended sizes. Being a size 4 1/2 to 5 depending on the shoe, I was curious about the fit. The safest choice was  the round toe flats as opposed to the pointed toe flats which are always weird for me if the shoes are not true to size. I felt  the round toe flats would fit better for my small feet. I decided to choose a patterned fabric rather than a solid color flat since I already have several pairs of solid flats.

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Details about the shoe:

Packaging: When it first arrived it came in a recycled cardboard box with a  blue ribbon pull for opening.  The flat was stuffed with tissue paper and a plastic shoe hanger. I felt that this was contradictory to the rest of the packaging as the company prides itself in saving the environment one plastic bottle as a time. The plastic shoes hanger did not seem to fit their company model. I was hoping for a biodegradable shoe hanger. The company encourages people to reuse the box for something else. I used it for my shoe polishing items. Still the plastic shoe hanger bothered me.  The box contained cards informing of shoe care and other information.

There is an easy return policy  which is 30 days for unworn shoes. I did not have that benefit as I tried the shoes on for a day at work.

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Fit: TTS. I’m a size 4.5 and the size 5 fit me well but because my feet are a half a size shorter the shoe rubbed against my ankle for the most the day when I wore it the first time. While, the shoe did not blister my ankles, my ankles were irritated and red at the end of the day. For the most part, the fabric of the shoe was comfortable but the stiffer fabric at the heel irritated me. If you are in between sizes, I would recommend to size down for a snug fit or size up and use a Shoe Sizer to fill the difference. I used the later option after taking a break from wearing the shoes for about two weeks.  I was convinced to try and make it work for me. (I will talk about shoe sizers later if you are interested let me know in the comments below or in a message.)   I used Shoe Sizers half a size filler in the front of the shoe. After this quick fix, I wore the shoe out more a few more times and  the sizer helped a lot with the heel rubbing. After that the shoe was a lot more comfortable.

Quality: The pair of shoes is of high quality woven knit plastic thread.  The woven upper is soft and stretchy and does not cut into your skin or create blistering. It stretches and moved with your feet which makes it comfortable.  The insole is soft and cushioned, washable and replaceable. After several uses, the insole will start to pill. Replacements for these are about $30. The outsole of the shoe is made of textured rubber. The shoe upper is sewn into the rubber sole for a stronger bond rather than glue so you do not need to worry about the sole and the upper splitting. The sole is flexible so the shoe fits like a glove and moved with you when you walk.

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Comfort:  After a six months of owning a pair of Rothy’s, it’s become part of my work shoe rotation. With the minor addition of a shoe sizer which made wearing the shoe a lot more comfortable. The cloth is very comfortable and the shoe is best if your feet are true to size. I believe a snug  fit makes the shoe more comfortable.

Price: $125.00-$145 is moderately expensive. The brand prides itself in being made with quality. You can use a coupon code for $20 off. I searched the internet for a coupon code. You can use this code if you plan on getting one.

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I used someones to get $20 off the full price.  This is an investment shoe, it is comfortable for people who have feet that are whole sizes. If you’re a half size. I highly recommend using Shoe Sizers.

Is it a Shoe for Everyday?

For myself, currently, yes!  I do not foresee them making shoes smaller than a 5 or making half sized shoes.  Recently, they launched the loafer style and a few more colors and patterns in the extended sizes which was exciting.

I will purchase this shoe again in another color or style. Personally, I am looking at purchasing the pointed flat and the loafer. The pair I got is  staple in my work wardrobe that I reach for it on rainy days when I do not have to worry about getting water on my shoes.  I’m really like the fact that I can give it a quick wash in the washing machine if it gets dirty. Additionally, I foresee me packing for travel.  Rothy’s got something here with their shoes. I foresee the brand creating more options for women and even making a men’s line in the future.

I hope this helps you decide if this is the shoe for you. If you are deciding to purchase this for yourself or give it to someone it’s great gift to give yourself or someone who loves style and comfortable shoes.

Take care and happy shoe shopping.

XOXO,

Elle

 

 

** This is not a sponsored post. This post is my personal experience and opinion on Rothy’s shoes.

Unboxing Favorite Finds and YouTube

A few weeks ago… I decided to attempt a YouTube video unboxing and sharing a few of my favorite finds this month. Enjoy this and let me know what you think.

Take a view and let me know what you think.

XOXO,

Michelle

Romantic: Lace and Satin

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The flowers are blooming and the birds are chirping. It’s definitely almost Spring here in the tropics. And we all know what that means, love, love is definitely in the air. It’s a time of renewing promises, renewing goals, and renewing commitments. Nature is doing this and so are people.

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I’ve always adored the look of these yellow flowers sprinkled on the ground in Febraury in Hawaii. They always seems to put a smile on my face, it reminds me that nature is getting the air ready for love.

While Febraury marks the last month of winter and is often a time to celebrate love, one of my favorite combinations for a dinner night out with the love of my life is satin and lace. This Spring’s collections  celebrate sheer fabrics and layers with lace and chiffon.

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In this outfit, I played with satin and lace layers for a romantic date night outfit using the concept of undergarments as outerwear. Here, I layered a satin camisole underneath this lace shell and paired it with a lacey A-line skirt. This look can be achieve by layering undergarments underneath or over tops.

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.:Outfit:.

CAMISOLE papaya (old)
SHELL guess jeans outlet (old)
SKIRT forever21 (similar here)
SHOES christian louboutin (old)
BAG tribeca (old)
EARRINGS t and j designs

Secrets to Shopping for Christian Louboutin and Other Luxury Shoes

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I guess it’s about time I share my methods in acquiring the shoes that I have in my shoe collection. I’ve been an avid shoe collector since high school and I’m going to be candid with you about the things that I have learn throughout the years. I am one of those people that never shop outside of my means. Let’s keep this real, I do not make a ton of money to blog, the reality is this blog has been a work in progress and the market is flooded with people who have their own style and want to share it with the world. I have a REAL career and I have an affinity to wearing expensive shoes.  I know that this blog is called A Pair of Shoes for Everyday. I have a lot of shoes but I do not have a pair for every day of the year nor do I have room for them. The blog name alludes to the fact that I have pairs of shoes that are used a lot in my wardrobe and therefore they are worth the investment I put into them.

So how exactly do I go about purchasing these shoes. I make a shoe list of my favorite shoes styles on the runway that season. Next, I go through my shoe wardrobe first to find shoes that I already fit current trends.  I look for styles that will last a few seasons, have very classic silhouettes and fit my personal style for example spikes and industrial details.

I  visit stores and boutiques that carry the shoes that are on my wish list. I try on a few styles, checking for fit, noting the pitch, and the comfort of the shoe. This is important because you have to be relatively comfortable in the shoes that you are in. Some pairs of shoes no matter how sexy or gorgeous they maybe on other people may not be the pair for you.  Then the waiting game begins.

Shoe seasons are quarterly and shoe sales are bi-annual. Sales tend to be from June to August and from November to December. It’s important to get to know associates at the boutiques in your area and establish a rapport with them. These associates will give you a heads up on what styles will go on sale at the end of the season and when special events happen in store. Retailers like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and other luxury retail stores have the tendency to have sales during this time. And stores tend to drop prices the later you go, always fight the need to purchase at the beginning of the sale as prices drop often. If you wait long enough and if the shoe is still there, prices will drop to a price point that is easier on the pocketbook. I have found several pairs of shoes what went well over a $1000 and bought them for a fifth of that price but you have to be willing to wait it out.

Sometimes, I check online discount websites: The Outnet, Barney’s Warehouse, Off Saks 5th Avenue, etc. I also scour Ebay and consignment shops (The Real Real, Yoogi’s Closet, etc.)  on the styles that I would like to add to my collection. Always ask the seller questions and read up on the shoe brands and authenticity. There are great people out there who have created resources that you can use to figure out authenticity or ask about authenticity. I personally use the Purse Blog Purse Forum . When in doubt always find a second opinion, there are authentication places out there that can help you authenticate a shoe for a small fee. The great thing about shopping with consignment shops, they have an authenticity expert in house that check the items they sell.  silklace4a

On top of researching and doing some ground work, I also have a separate account for shoe purchases. The real goal is to get the shoe you want for a price that is reasonable for your budget. I always set a price point for shoes that I want to purchase. Truthfully,  I’ve have only bought one pair of designer shoes full price and they were for my wedding day. I do not shop for shoes impulsively, it’s too big of an investment and designer shoes will always go on sale or can always be found for less than market value if your are willing to wait.

Thanks so much for making it through this long blog post. I wanted to make sure I gave you enough tips on how to shop for luxury shoes. If you have any questions or additional tips please feel free to comment and let me know.

XOXO,

Michelle

 

 

 

 

Waikiki Shopping with Nordstrom Rack

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Photo Credit: APairOfShoesForEveryday

Hey Everyone,

This past week was a busy time for work as well as for the blog. I’m excited to share with you the news that Nordstrom Rack has opened up their new store in the heart of Waikiki’s shopping district.  I’ve been a Nordstrom Rack shopper for years especially after college when they first opened their Ward store. It is the one place I go to for my favorite designer brands for discounted prices.

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Tuesday last week, I attended the private shopping event and got a chance to check out the store at the Waikiki Trade Center. In true Nordstrom Rack style, there was a great selection  clothing, shoes, beauty products, accessories, and housewares.

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I went to check out the handbags and the designer shoe sections for wishlist items. I was excited to find a Love Crossbody by Rebecca Minkoff that I have been eyeing for a couple of years now and a pom pom charm that’s on trend at the moment. You’ll be seeing these on blog soon.

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I also tried on several sunnies and designer watches that caught my eye.

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Ultimately, I spent the night helping my husband select a few items to add to his wardrobe.

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After the Tuesday event. We decided to check out the store again on Labor Day.

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I hope you get a chance to check out the store the next time you are in Waikiki and let me know what you find.

XOXO,

Michelle

Photos Courtesy of Nordstrom Rack unless otherwise stated. All opinions are my own.

Nordstrom Rack is located at :

Waikiki Trade Center
2255 Kuhio Ave. Suite 200
Honolulu, HI 96815

.:Outfit:.
SUNGLASSES cole haan
TOP jcrew
BOTTOM Old Navy
SHOES m. gemi
RINGS  m33ms designs
BAG dooney and burke

 

Encapsulate: Starting Out

 

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The picture above is about 6 months old. A lot can happen in six months. It feels like life happened in fast forward. A new adventure started, so many goals came into fruition, new perspectives and a lot of changes. I’ll be sharing some of them with you in the next couple of posts.

While life was happening, my wardrobe for the past six months can be described as simplified. I’m so use to working with a closet full of clothes and I’m finding myself working with the few clothes I packed for the big move. No, I’m not  going anywhere different, just a few life changes, a new chapter and  a new apartment with very little space.

Space is definitely an issue, especially in Hawaii. It’s a small island with limited space and not a whole lot of room for houses and apartments. This got me thinking about Capsule Wardrobes and their utilitarian minimalism. I’ve been drawn to them lately and Pinterest is helping me figure it out somehow. I like the idea that less means more style.

It is said that the average women’s wardrobe about a hundred years ago consisted of about 35 pieces, 35 quality investment pieces. The advent of mass production and cheaper materials led to changes in our access to clothing and our wardrobes became larger and more cluttered. We live in such a surplus world that we never really think we can do so much with so little.  Surprisingly, I thought that 35 pieces was such a small amount until I started to see what I could do with it. It is simple math really, it’s something we learned in grade school, it’s all about combinations and permutations.

The French know it as the 5 piece wardrobe,  we call it the Capsule Wardrobe, some people want the feeling of a simplified life, others want to declutter and reorganize, while others want it to be packable for a journey.  Whatever the reason, it’s definitely something to consider.

Everyone is going to have their own reason. I’ve been intrigued by the idea for a long time, but the most important thing is to begin somewhere. Caroline from Un-Fancy did it in 2014.  I don’t want to re-invent the wheel so just click on the link above and you can check out her blog. Other bloggers have done it or are doing it. I’m not jumping on the bandwagon. I’m here just to share my story and my journey. I hope you join me.

So where do you begin exactly? First things first, don’t feel like you have to go through your whole closet and start donating everything you own. It’s not feasible, this is  a process that you just can’t jump into and go cold turkey, your just trying to live a clutter-free life filled with style so take your time and work through the process.

I CHALLENGE YOU to take this journey with me. Try it out and see where we all end up. We all need support groups and friends to help us along the way, why not do it together and create a space to share. I just want for you and me to help each other learn how to work with our wardrobes and live a stylish clutter free life.

I’ve starting this blog feature to hear from you and to share ideas as we go through this process.  I hope you join me in this journey.

XOXO,

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TOP forever 21
BOTTOM forever 21
SHOES christian louboutin
JEWELRY jcrew

Birthday Wishes: Polka Dots and Pencil Skirts

Hello Everyone,

Another year older and another year wiser. I’ve learn so much about life and fashion in the past year and I hope that I can continue to share this journey with you.

This is the third installment of the collaboration with Vivid Foto.  This particular set is my favorite, it reminds me of old Hollywood Glamour and that true style, never goes out of style, we just update it often.

 

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Thanks again for reading, and here’s to more amazing years of style with you.

XOXO,

Michelle

.:Outfit:.
TOP forever 21
BOTTOM old navy
SHOES christian louboutin
NECKLACE pearls
BRACELETS j crew
NAILS by  manoa nail salon

Photography Balbino and Melissa Canoy from Vivid Fotos

Victorian Elements

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Hello All,

I’m restyling old pieces that I found in my closet this past weekend. Every season before I go to purchase any must have styles, I peruse my closet to see what I already have that work with this season’s trends. I found this chiffon piece that I bought a while back. It has the puffy sleeves, ruffles and the ribbon tie closing at the neck, elements of the Victorian trend that was found on the runway for Spring season. I also found a mermaid skirt that reflects  early and late Victorian skirts styles. I kept  the colors dark in this outfit and I played with cloth textures and weaves.

Thanks for reading.

XOXO,

Elle

.:Outfit:.
TOP papaya clothing (old)
BOTTOM forever 21 (old)
SHOES  christian louboutin (old)
PEARLS flea market find

 

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